1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Sunday February 11 and ended on Sunday November 18. Because of a highly controversial penalty to Mark Martin early in the season, Dale Earnhardt with Richard Childress Racing was crowned the Winston Cup champion for the fourth time, edging out Martin by 21 points.

1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

TeamMake#DriverSponsorCar OwnerCrew Chief
AK RacingFord Thunderbird7Alan KulwickiZerexAlan KulwickiPaul Andrews
Bahari RacingPontiac Grand Prix30Michael WaltripCountry Time/Maxwell HouseChuck RiderBill Ingle
Blue Max RacingPontiac Grand Prix27Rusty WallaceMiller Genuine DraftRaymond BeadleJimmy Makar
Bobby Allison RacingBuick Regal12Hut StricklinRaybestosBobby AllisonJimmy Fennig
Bud Moore EngineeringFord Thunderbird15Morgan ShepherdMotorcraftBud MooreDonnie Wingo
Cale Yarborough MotorsportsPontiac Grand Prix66Dick TrickleTropArcticCale Yarborough
Close RacingOldsmobile Cutlass47Jack Pennington (R)Kanawha InsuranceDerick Close
Donlavey RacingFord Thunderbird90Buddy BakerDonlavey RacingJunie DonlaveyJunie Donlavey
Hagan RacingOldsmobile Cutlass94Sterling MarlinSunocoBilly HaganSteve Loyd
Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet Lumina5Ricky RuddLevi GarrettRick Hendrick
Joe Hendrick
Waddell Wilson
17Darrell Waltrip24
Jimmy Horton 2
Sarel van der Merwe 1
Greg Sacks3
TideJeff HammondAll
18Greg Sacks12
Stan Barrett1
Slim Fast13Gary DeHart13
46Greg Sacks2City2
25Ken SchraderKodiakRichard Broome
51
68
Hut Stricklin2Gary DeHart2
Junior Johnson & AssociatesFord Thunderbird11Geoff BodineBudweiserJunior JohnsonTim Brewer
King RacingBuick Regal26Brett BodineQuaker StateKenny BernsteinLarry McReynolds
Leo Jackson MotorsportsOldsmobile Cutlass33Harry GantSkoal BanditLeo JacksonAndy Petree
Little RacingFord Thunderbird19Chad LittleBull's Eye Barbecue SauceChuck Little
Marcis Auto RacingChevrolet Lumina71Dave MarcisBig Apple MarketsHelen MarcisBob Marcis
Means RacingPontiac Grand Prix52Jimmy MeansAlka-SeltzerJimmy MeansDarrell Bryant
Melling RacingFord Thunderbird9Bill ElliottCoorsHarry MellingMike Beam
Morgan-McClure MotorsportsChevrolet Lumina4Phil Parsons3
Ernie Irvan27
KodakLarry McClureTony GloverAll
Moroso RacingOldsmobile Cutlass20Rob Moroso (R)Crown PetroleumDick Moroso
McDuffie RacingPontiac Grand Prix70J. D. McDuffieRumple FurnitureJ. D. McDuffieJeff McDuffie
Osterlund RacingPontiac Grand Prix57Jimmy SpencerHeinzRod Osterlund
Petty EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix43Richard PettySTPRichard PettyDale Inman
Precision Products RacingOldsmobile Cutlass1Terry LabonteSkoal ClassicRichard JacksonCliff Champion
RahMoc EnterprisesOldsmobile Cutlass75Rick WilsonDinner Bell FoodsBob RahillyBob Rahilly
Richard Childress RacingChevrolet Lumina3Dale EarnhardtGM GoodwrenchRichard ChildressKirk Shelmerdine
Robert Yates RacingFord Thunderbird28Davey AllisonTexaco/HavolineRobert YatesJake Elder
Roush RacingFord Thunderbird6Mark MartinFolgersJack RoushRobin Pemberton
SABCO RacingPontiac Grand Prix42Kyle PettyPeak AntifreezeFelix SabatesGary Nelson
Stavola Brothers RacingBuick Regal8Bobby Hillin Jr.SnickersBilly StavolaHarry Hyde
Travis Carter EnterprisesChevrolet Lumina98Rick MastWinn-DixieTravis CarterTravis Carter
Whitcomb RacingChevrolet Lumina10Derrike CopePurolatorBob WhitcombBuddy Parrott
Wood Brothers RacingFord Thunderbird21Neil Bonnett5
Dale Jarrett25
CitgoGlen WoodLeonard WoodAll

Busch Clash[edit]

The exhibition Busch Clash race, for drivers who have won a pole position in the previous season or have won the event before, was held on February 11 at Daytona International Speedway. Jimmy Hensley drew the pole.

Results

  1. 25-Ken Schrader
  2. 46-Greg Sacks
  3. 28-Davey Allison
  4. 5-Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace
  9. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 20-Jimmy Hensley

Gatorade Twin 125s[edit]

The Gatorade Twin 125s qualifying for the Daytona 500 was held on February 15 at Daytona International Speedway.

Race One: Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Geoff Bodine
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 43-Richard Petty
  6. 14-A.J. Foyt
  7. 25-Ken Schrader
  8. 12-Mike Alexander
  9. 98-Butch Miller
  10. 5-Ricky Rudd

Race Two: Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 57-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 4-Phil Parsons
  5. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  6. 10-Derrike Cope
  7. 83-Lake Speed
  8. 28-Davey Allison
  9. 90-Ernie Irvan
  10. 1-Terry Labonte

Daytona 500[edit]

The 32nd annual Daytona 500 was held on February 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Derrike Cope started off the 1990 season on a Cinderella note as he won his first ever Winston Cup race, the Daytona 500. It came when Dale Earnhardt, who had led 155 of 200 laps (at one point, leading by 25 seconds over 2nd place), ran over a piece of Rick Wilson's expired engine cutting a right rear tire in turn three on the final lap allowing Cope to shoot past for the win. Cope opted to not take a late pit stop and led briefly before relinquishing the lead in lap 196, not seeing the front again until the last lap. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 10-Derrike Cope
  2. 1-Terry Labonte
  3. 9-Bill Elliott
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace
  8. 30-Michael Waltrip -1
  9. 11-Geoff Bodine -1
  10. 15-Morgan Shepherd -1

Failed to qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 13-Mike Potter, 19-Chad Little, 29-Joe Booher, 34-Charlie Glotzbach, 35-Bill Venturini, 37-Dennis Langston, 39-Blackie Wangerin, 44-Jim Sauter, 48-Trevor Boys, 59-Mark Gibson, 70-J. D. McDuffie, 72-Stan Barrett, 77-Ken Ragan, 82-Mark Stahl, 85-Bobby Gerhart, 89-Rodney Combs, 96-Phillip Duffie, 01-Mickey Gibbs

Pontiac Excitement 400[edit]

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. Mark Martin won the race, only to lose 46 championship points after NASCAR officials discovered a somewhat oversized carburetor spacer plate in his car. This is widely considered to be the key factor in determining the 1990 championship. This also may be the coldest race in NASCAR history. The temperature was in the mid-20's with winds gusting to 41 MPH generating a wind chill of about 5 degrees.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 5-Ricky Rudd
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 66-Dick Trickle
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 26-Brett Bodine
  9. 57-Jimmy Spencer
  10. 25-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: 70-J.D. McDuffie, 53-Jerry O'Neil[1]

GM Goodwrench 500[edit]

The GM Goodwrench 500 was held on March 4, 1990 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole and the race in the #42 Peak Pontiac owned by Felix Sabates and wrenched by crew chief Gary Nelson, later of NASCAR R&D.

Top Ten results

  1. 42-Kyle Petty
  2. 11-Geoff Bodine
  3. 25-Ken Schrader -1
  4. 94-Sterling Marlin -2
  5. 27-Rusty Wallace -2
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip -3
  7. 15-Morgan Shepherd -3
  8. 57-Jimmy Spencer -3
  9. 1-Terry Labonte -3
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt -3

Motorcraft Quality Parts 500[edit]

The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was held on March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole and enjoyed his first win since November 1989, which was also at Atlanta. Although he was suffering from an upset stomach, Earnhardt made up a lost lap to score a narrow victory over Morgan Shepherd. The race was virtually caution free as Earnhardt led 216 of 328 laps in recording a track record race average speed of 156.849 mph.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 42-Kyle Petty
  7. 11-Geoff Bodine
  8. 7-Alan Kulwicki -1
  9. 33-Harry Gant -1
  10. 94-Sterling Marlin -2

Failed to qualify: 14-A.J. Foyt, 46-Greg Sacks, 70-J.D. McDuffie

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was held on April 1 at Darlington Speedway. Dale Earnhardt pulled away on two restarts in the final 18 laps and finished two car lengths in front of Mark Martin to earn his second victory of the 1990 season and second consecutive win at Darlington. The race came under some controversy, as Ernie Irvan, who was ten laps down, was racing aggressively against then-leader Ken Schrader, lost control and started a huge crash that almost ended the career of Neil Bonnett. Geoff Bodine started on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 28-Davey Allison
  4. 11-Geoff Bodine
  5. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  6. 33-Harry Gant
  7. 9-Bill Elliott
  8. 26-Brett Bodine
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip
  10. 25-Ken Schrader -1

Failed to qualify: 48-Norm Benning, 74-Mike Potter, 82-Mark Stahl

Valleydale Meats 500[edit]

The Valleydale Meats 500 was held on April 8 at Bristol International Raceway. Davey Allison elected not to pit on the final caution on lap 391 while the other front runners took on fresh tires and fuel. The gamble paid off with Allison leading the rest of the way, holding off Mark Martin for an eight-inch victory at Bristol. Darrell Waltrip fell from contention with a cut tire with 25 laps left, leaving Allison, Martin, and Ricky Rudd in a bumper-to-bumper battle to the finish. Sterling Marlin was spun out with half a lap to go by Rudd. This resulted in a physical confrontation inside Rudd's transporter after the race. The #4 of Ernie Irvan won the pole. Michael Waltrip had a terrible crash in the previous day's Busch Series race when he hit the wall head on and his car collapsed into itself.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 5-Ricky Rudd
  4. 1-Terry Labonte
  5. 75-Rick Wilson
  6. 25-Ken Schrader
  7. 94-Sterling Marlin
  8. 15-Morgan Shepherd -1
  9. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1
  10. 42-Kyle Petty -1

Failed to qualify: 19-Chad Little, 16-Larry Pearson

First Union 400[edit]

The First Union 400 was held at North Wilkesboro Speedway on April 22, 1990. Mark Martin was the polesitter. Brett Bodine won his only Winston Cup race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26-Brett Bodine*
  2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace
  8. 11-Geoff Bodine
  9. 28-Davey Allison
  10. 42-Kyle Petty -1

Failed to qualify: 48-Freddie Crawford, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 76-Bill Sedgwick

Hanes Activewear 500[edit]

The Hanes Activewear 500 was held on April 29 at Martinsville Speedway. Geoff Bodine won the pole, lost the lead on the first lap but held the lead four times during the race including the final 137 laps for his first win of the season at Martinsville. In an afternoon-long battle of the pit crews Rusty Wallace, Bodine's crew executed a four-tire change in 19.6 seconds during the 10th and final caution period to beat Wallace back onto the track on lap 364 and easily cruised to the checker flag.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Geoff Bodine
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt -1
  6. 25-Ken Schrader -2
  7. 6-Mark Martin -2
  8. 30-Michael Waltrip -3
  9. 66-Dick Trickle -3
  10. 9-Bill Elliott -3

Failed to qualify: none

Winston 500[edit]

The Winston 500 was held on May 6 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt dominated the field to lead eight times for 107 of 188 laps to earn his third win of the season. Drafting with one other driver after the sixth of seven cautions, the field was left behind when the final caution ended on the 172nd lap and Dale sped to victory. The #9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.*

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 18-Greg Sacks
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 4-Ernie Irvan
  5. 30-Michael Waltrip
  6. 1-Terry Labonte
  7. 42-Kyle Petty -1
  8. 15-Morgan Shepherd -1
  9. 12-Hut Stricklin -1
  10. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1

Failed to qualify: 70-J.D. McDuffie, 80-Jimmy Horton, 82-Mark Stahl, 85-Bobby Gerhart

The Winston[edit]

The Winston was held May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt continued his early-season domination of the Winston Cup circuit with a runaway victory in the annual All-Star event. The 1990 edition was the 6th annual running of The Winston & the second victory in the "winners-only" event for Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing. Earnhardt led all 70 laps after starting from the pole position & won $325,000. Earnhardt became the first 2-time winner of the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 66-Dick Trickle
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  9. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.

Winston Open[edit]

The Winston Open, a shootout race for drivers who are normally not eligible for The Winston, was held May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 66-Dick Trickle
  2. 20-Rob Moroso
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 94-Sterling Marlin
  5. 12-Hut Stricklin
  6. 75-Rick Wilson
  7. 43-Richard Petty
  8. 71-Dave Marcis
  9. 16-Larry Pearson
  10. 98-Butch Miller

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rusty Wallace emerged from early season mediocrity to announce his return to dominance with a shootout win over Bill Elliott. Wallace led 306 of the 400 laps for his first win of the season, resuming his final lead on lap 310 when Geoff Bodine made a green-flag pit stop. A two-lap caution beginning on lap 297 set up the duel between Wallace and Elliott, who had regained a lap he lost early in the race. The #25 of Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 30-Michael Waltrip
  5. 4-Ernie Irvan
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  9. 10-Derrike Cope
  10. 11-Geoff Bodine

Failed to Qualify:

0-Delma Cowart, 35-Bill Venturini, 36-H.B. Bailey, 38-Dick Johnson, 52-Jimmy Means, 53-Jerry O'Neil, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 74-Mike Potter, 82-Mark Stahl, 01-Mickey Gibbs, 04-Bill Meacham, 48-Robin Best

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was held at the Dover Downs International Speedway on June 3, 1990. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 10-Derrike Cope
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 66-Dick Trickle
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 94-Sterling Marlin
  6. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 4-Ernie Irvan
  8. 9-Bill Elliott
  9. 42-Kyle Petty
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace

Banquet Frozen Foods 300[edit]

The Banquet Frozen Foods 300 was held June 10 at Sears Point International Raceway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. Rusty Wallace continued his Winston Cup road course mastery in earning his second win of the season at Sears Point. It was his fifth road course win in the last seven, finishing second in the other two. Wallace overtook Ricky Rudd on the 11th turn on lap 60 and led the rest of the way, beating Mark Martin to the caution on lap 73, earning the win under caution in the final lap. Martin overtook the Winston Cup points race at 1800. Rudd won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 5-Ricky Rudd
  4. 11-Geoff Bodine
  5. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  6. 94-Sterling Marlin
  7. 4-Ernie Irvan
  8. 0-Irv Hoerr*
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip
  10. 75-Rick Wilson

Failed to qualify: 52-Jimmy Means, J.C. Danielson, St. James Davis, Mike Hickingbottom

Miller Genuine Draft 500[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 500 was held at Pocono International Raceway on June 17, 1990. Ernie Irvan started on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33-Harry Gant
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 11-Geoff Bodine
  4. 26-Brett Bodine
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 12-Hut Stricklin
  7. 18-Greg Sacks
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 94-Sterling Marlin
  10. 42-Kyle Petty

Failed to qualify: 74-John Linville

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held at Michigan International Speedway on June 24, 1990. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 4-Ernie Irvan
  3. 11-Geoff Bodine
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 1-Terry Labonte
  8. 42-Kyle Petty
  9. 5-Ricky Rudd
  10. 75-Rick Wilson

Failed to Qualify: 50-Rich Vogler, 77-Ken Ragan, 34-Charlie Glotzbach

Pepsi 400[edit]

The Pepsi 400 was held at the Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 1990. Greg Sacks won the pole, but got involved on The Big One on lap two, which involved 24 cars and took 11 cars immediately out of the race. Dale Earnhardt dominated the race and led 127 laps on his first points race win at Daytona.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 1-Terry Labonte
  5. 94-Sterling Marlin
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 21-Dale Jarrett
  9. 20-Rob Moroso
  10. 42-Kyle Petty -1

Failed to qualify: 70-J. D. McDuffie*, 72-Tracy Leslie, 80-Jimmy Horton*

AC Spark Plug 500[edit]

The AC Spark Plug 500 was held July 22 at Pocono Raceway. Mark Martin qualified on the top spot. Junior Johnson's team gambled on the amount of fuel in Geoff Bodine's tank and elected not to make a pit stop as Bodine nearly coasted to victory over Bill Elliott at Pocono. Bodine led nine times for 119 of the 200 laps. Elliott had pitted on lap 157 and needed no fuel for the finish while other contenders made fuel stops beginning with 11 laps left. After a four-lap caution, the race was restarted on the final lap and Bodine inished with a half-gallon to spare. Mark Martin won the pole. One car that qualified for this race did not roll off the grid. Rich Vogler was set to make his Winston Cup debut at this event, but on the night before, he was killed in a sprint car race at Salem Speedway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Geoff Bodine
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 27-Rusty Wallace
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 5-Ricky Rudd
  8. 98-Butch Miller
  9. 43-Richard Petty
  10. 1-Terry Labonte

Failed to qualify: 2-Troy Beebe, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 85-Bobby Gerhart

Diehard 500[edit]

The Diehard 500 was held July 29, 1990 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt made it three of four major superspeedway titles so far in the 1990 season by winning the pole, leading a record-breaking 134 laps and winning the race. Earnhardt got the win by dropping behind another driver to draft and conserve fuel on lap 151, then passing him on turn four with 20 laps left, and leading the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Amateur driver Stanley Smith was involved in a pit road mishap when he lost control of his car and hit several crew members for Tracy Leslie's team. No one was seriously injured.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 94-Sterling Marlin
  4. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd
  6. 4-Ernie Irvan
  7. 10-Derrike Cope
  8. 42-Kyle Petty
  9. 6-Mark Martin
  10. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. -1

Failed to qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 77-Ken Ragan

Budweiser at the Glen[edit]

The Budweiser at the Glen was held at Watkins Glen International raceway on August 12, 1990. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Ricky Rudd
  2. 11-Geoff Bodine
  3. 26-Brett Bodine
  4. 30-Michael Waltrip
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 40-Tommy Kendall
  9. 25-Ken Schrader
  10. 0-Irv Hoerr

Failed to qualify: 93-Troy Beebe

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held on August 19, 1990 at Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin started on the outside of the front row, hovered in the top five the first half of the race, then demonstrated his dominance by leading 70 of the last 100 laps to win at Michigan. Martin and Rusty Wallace linked up for a side-by-side duel on lap 124 with Martin emerging ahead never to be challenged again. He regained the lead on lap 162 after a flurry of green-flag pit stops and led the rest of the 200 laps. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 17-Greg Sacks
  3. 27-Rusty Wallace
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 11-Geoff Bodine
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 21-Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: 34-Charlie Glotzbach, 36-H.B. Bailey, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 72-Tracy Leslie

Busch 500[edit]

The Busch 500 was held August 25, 1990 at Bristol International Raceway. Ernie Irvan and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team captured their first ever Winston Cup victory at Bristol. The last 50 laps of the 500-lap race was a shootout between Irvan and Rusty Wallace. Irvan never relinquised the lead to Wallace, which he gained on lap 411. Irvan finished one car length ahead of Wallace. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Ernie Irvan
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 1-Terry Labonte
  5. 94-Sterling Marlin
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 21-Dale Jarrett -1
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt -1
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip -1
  10. 5-Ricky Rudd -1

Failed to qualify: 19-Chad Little, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 74-Mike Potter

Heinz Southern 500[edit]

The Heinz Southern 500 was held September 2, 1990 at Darlington Raceway. The traditional Labor Day event saw Dale Earnhardt capture the Richard Childress Racing's fourth pole of the season before winning the race. Even with an ill-handling racecar, Earnhardt recovered, made up a lost lap and then having to battle a vibrating tire to outrun Ernie Irvan to the checkered flag. With the $200,000 payday, Dale became the first race car driver in history to pass the $11,000,000 mark in career winnings. During the race, Morgan Shepherd and Ken Schrader made contact, sending Schrader into the wall.[citation needed] An angry Schrader returned to the race, and rammed Shepherd into the wall, knocking both drivers out of the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 4-Ernie Irvan
  3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 5-Ricky Rudd
  8. 11-Geoff Bodine
  9. 10-Derrike Cope -1
  10. 26-Brett Bodine -1

Failed to Qualify:

70-J. D. McDuffie

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held September 9, 1990 at Richmond International Raceway. This would be the final day race at Richmond that would be run during the fall. Dale Earnhardt won his fifth of the last nine races, gambling on his fuel mileage to lead the last 25 laps of the race. As the car coasted toward victory lane, it ran out of gas. "We figured our only chance was to win it on gas mileage and we did," said Dale. "I nursed it as much as I could for the last twenty laps and it was sputtering when I took the checkered flag. Luckily we made the right decision." Ernie Irvan won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip*
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 27-Rusty Wallace
  6. 42-Kyle Petty
  7. 66-Dick Trickle
  8. 5-Ricky Rudd -1
  9. 11-Geoff Bodine -1
  10. 25-Ken Schrader -1

Failed to qualify: 70-J.D. McDuffie, 47-Jack Pennington, 13-Kerry Teague

Peak AntiFreeze 500[edit]

The Peak AntiFreeze 500 was held at Dover Downs International Speedway on September 16, 1990. Bill Elliott won the pole and dominated the race leading 364 laps of the 500 lap race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 33-Harry Gant -1
  5. 30-Michael Waltrip -1
  6. 21-Dale Jarrett -1
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace -1
  8. 42-Kyle Petty -1
  9. 28-Davey Allison -1
  10. 25-Ken Schrader -2

Failed to qualify: 13-Kerry Teague

Goody's 500[edit]

The Goody's 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on September 23, 1990. Mark Martin won the pole. Geoff Bodine won and swept on Martinsville in 1990.

Top ten results

  1. 11-Geoff Bodine
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 26-Brett Bodine
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 9-Bill Elliott
  9. 1-Terry Labonte -2
  10. 21-Dale Jarrett -3

Failed to qualify: 2–Ron Esau, 70–J. D. McDuffie

Tyson Holly Farms 400[edit]

The Tyson Holly Farms 400 was held September 30, 1990 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole. Dale Earnhardt dominated, leading 291 of 400 laps, but Mark Martin snatched the leading on lap 363, and held onto it until the finish. With the win, Martin retained his 16-point advantage in the Winston Cup Championship race. Two pit stops to remove spring rubber left him in 12th place on lap 196, but by lap 288 he was in second place. On lap 263, Martin was the only driver to pass Earnhardt under green. The race was marked by tragedy, as rookie driver Rob Moroso, who finished in 21st place in this race, was killed in a highway accident hours after this race had concluded. Police reports said that Moroso was above the legal alcohol limit when he crashed.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 26-Brett Bodine
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 4-Ernie Irvan
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace
  9. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  10. 42-Kyle Petty -1

Failed to qualify: 2-Ron Esau, 40-Tommy Kendall, 41-Larry Pearson, 47-Jack Pennington, 70-J. D. McDuffie

Mello Yello 500[edit]

The Mello Yello 500 was held on October 7, 1990 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brett Bodine won the pole. It seemed that Bill Elliott had the dominant car but blew the engine on Lap 331 after leading 243 laps.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 42-Kyle Petty
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd
  7. 10-Derrike Cope
  8. 26-Brett Bodine
  9. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  10. 21-Dale Jarrett -1

Failed to qualify: 13-Mike Skinner, 65-Dave Mader III,89-Rodney Combs,64-Gary Wright,40-Tommy Kendall,13-Kerry Teague,70-J.D. McDuffie,74-Mike Potter,93-Troy Beebe,72-Tracy Leslie, 53-Jerry O'Neil,36-H.B. Bailey,54-Bob Schacht,0-Delma Cowart,04-Bill Meacham,35-Bill Venturini

AC Delco 500[edit]

The AC Delco 500 was held October 21, 1990 at North Carolina Speedway. Alan Kulwicki led six times for 155 of 492 laps, including the last 55 after taking the lead from Bill Elliott, to post his first win since November 1988 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race ended under caution. With both finishing three laps back, the Richard Childress Racing team gained five points on Mark Martin in the Winston Cup Championship race, though Martin still held a 45-point lead with two races remaining. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 33-Harry Gant
  4. 11-Geoff Bodine
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 94-Sterling Marlin -1
  7. 5-Ricky Rudd -1
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1
  9. 4-Ernie Irvan -2
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt -2

Failed to qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 48-James Hylton, 70-J.D. McDuffie, 82-Mark Stahl

Checker 500[edit]

The Checker 500 was held November 4, 1990 at Phoenix International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. Dale Earnhardt won his first race at Phoenix in a dominant way. He also took the points lead.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 98-Rick Mast
  8. 11-Geoff Bodine
  9. 4-Ernie Irvan
  10. 6-Mark Martin

Failed to Qualify: 04-Hershel McGriff, 34-Ted Kennedy, 24-Butch Gilliland, 61-Rick Scribner, 44-Jack Sellers, 22-St. James Davis

Atlanta Journal 500[edit]

The final race of the season was held on November 18, 1990 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. Tragedy struck during the race, when Ricky Rudd driving the Levi Garrett #5 locked his brakes up, lost control of the car on pit road, and struck and killed Mike Ritch, a pit crew member on Bill Elliott's team.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15-Morgan Shepherd
  2. 11-Geoff Bodine
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 21-Dale Jarrett
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 4-Ernie Irvan
  8. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  9. 27-Rusty Wallace
  10. 18-Greg Sacks -1

Failed to qualify: 82-Mark Stahl

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Dale Earnhardt – 4430
  2. Mark Martin – 4404
  3. Geoff Bodine – 4017
  4. Bill Elliott – 3999
  5. Morgan Shepherd – 3689
  6. Rusty Wallace – 3676
  7. Ricky Rudd – 3601
  8. Alan Kulwicki – 3599
  9. Ernie Irvan – 3593
  10. Ken Schrader – 3572
  11. Kyle Petty – 3501
  12. Brett Bodine – 3440
  13. Davey Allison – 3423
  14. Sterling Marlin – 3387
  15. Terry Labonte  – 3371
  16. Michael Waltrip – 3251
  17. Harry Gant – 3182
  18. Derrike Cope – 3140
  19. Bobby Hillin, Jr. – 3048
  20. Darrell Waltrip – 3013
  21. Dave Marcis – 2944
  22. Dick Trickle – 2863
  23. Rick Wilson – 2666
  24. Jimmy Spencer – 2579
  25. Dale Jarrett – 2558
  26. Richard Petty – 2556
  27. Butch Miller – 2377
  28. Hut Stricklin – 2316
  29. Jimmy Means – 2271
  30. Rob Moroso – 2184
  31. Rick Mast – 1719
  32. Greg Sacks – 1663
  33. Chad Little – 1632
  34. Jack Pennington – 1278
  35. Larry Pearson – 822
  36. Jimmy Horton – 756
  37. Mickey Gibbs – 755
  38. Mike Alexander – 682
  39. Phil Parsons – 632
  40. J. D. McDuffie – 557
  41. Buddy Baker – 498
  42. Lake Speed – 479
  43. Neil Bonnett – 455
  44. Mark Stahl – 371
  45. Bill Venturini – 349
  46. Rodney Combs  – 323
  47. Irv Hoerr – 281
  48. Tommy Kendall – 281
  49. Ted Musgrave – 280
  50. Chuck Bown – 276

Rookie of the Year[edit]

The 1990 season was a slim season for Rookie of the Year contenders. 1989 Busch Series champion Rob Moroso had a top-ten finish and qualified for every race, but he was killed in a car crash before the end of the year and was awarded the top rookie award posthumously. His top runner-up was Jack Pennington, a late-model dirt racing champion, who had 14 starts and no top-tens in an unsponsored car. The only other declarees were Jerry O'Neil and Jeff Purvis, who did not run enough races to be completely eligible for the honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand National Scene race reports from 1990
  2. ^ 1990 Winston Cup cars, for Papyrus NASCAR Racing http://br.geocities.com/nascr07/winstoncup.htm (Archived 2009-10-21), scroll over "Irv Hoerr – #0" on page to see a picture of his colors.
  3. ^ Forty Years of Stock Car Racing: Forty Plus Four 1990–1993 by Greg Fielden, pp. 49–51